Even though CES 2015 is officially in the books, that doesnt mean companies have stopped unveiling interesting new accessories for the iPad and iPhone.
Newcomer WayTools has just announced the TextBlade keyboard for iOS devices. And it definitely stands out from the crowd.
Heres a quick video demo. Click here if you cant see it.
The keyboard weighs 1.5 ounces and is touted as being 1/3 the size of an iPhone. It collapses into a small rectangle when not in use. And instead of using separate keys for each letter, the device uses eight so-called ultra smart keys. The battery pack for the unit doubles as the spacebar.
One of the eight “keys” on the TextBlade.
WayTools says special technology provides finger spacing equivalent to a full-sized keyboard. The battery can last for around a month before needing to be recharged.
The TextBlade can be preordered now from the WayTools site for $99.99. Along with the keyboard and battery itself, the company is including a stand for your tablet or phone and a magnetic charger that can juice up the space bar/battery.
Shipping is slated to start in February.
My iOS device keyboard of choice is still Logitechs Keys-To-Go that I reviewed late last year. It weighs less than seven ounces and is thinner than the iPad Air 2.
Weve reached out to WayTools and will hopefully have a review of the TextBlade soon. I’m curiousto see if the device works as well as it sounds on paper.